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**EVENT FULL - See Wait list** Kitchen Table Meeting: Co-Operative Land Ownership for New and Young Farmers

Saturday March 23, 2019

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: 5479 7th Line

City/Town: Rockwood - West

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $0.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00

**Update March 19th: This KTM is full! We invite you to add your name to the Wait List if you wish to attend but have not already registered.***

Meeting Format

  • Farm tour with Farmers Matthew Setzkorn and Arthur Churchyard. Matthew and Arthur will give a brief tour and discussion about their land that is protected by the Ontario Farmland Trust,  their Dexter cattle herd, and blackcurrant operation
  • Light snacks
  • 1.5 hrs: Guided question period. Below is a sample of a few guided questions
  1.  Recruiting others: what types of questions should young farmers ask each other and themselves before deciding to co-own land? E.g what are your own needs and goals? how to consider the potential for growth and development of each individual farm business? What are your values? how to maintain healthy communication?
  2. What are some of the shared costs and risks when co-owning land?
  3. What are the legal steps to co-operative land ownership?
  • 45 mins: Open discussion period
Pre-Meeting Preparations
We ask participants to come prepared with the following:
-To work through some of their own questions in advance
-A brief written business concept that includes their own farm operation and how they envision co-operative land ownership to work with their business enterprise

We are no longer accepting registrations for this event.

Webinar: Tips and Tricks for Data Collection (including Photography)

Wednesday March 27, 2019

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Any

City/Town: Any

Member Prices:
Member - 1 Individual(s) - $0.00

Non-Member Prices:
Non-Member - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00

How many times have you recorded something and either can't find it later or can't decipher or remember a specific point about it? It happens to all of us!
This webinar will review tips and tricks for data collection, including taking photos. These pointers are useful both for farmer-led research trials and any observational data you might take on the farm. With all types of data (measurements, photos, notes), data management is critical so we'll also discuss some tips for tracking hard copies and digital copies.
You will receive an email the week of the webinar with log-in details for the Zoom webinar platform. Instructions for how to check your compatibility with Zoom before the event are here:

Kitchen Table Meeting: Season Extension with Hoophouse Growing

Friday March 29, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Cedar Down Farm, 222145 Concession Road 14

City/Town: Neustadt - West Region

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $0.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00

Join Leslie and Jeff at Cedar Down Farm and Tarrah from Green Being Farm for a discussion about hoop house growing as a way to extend the season in the early spring.  Bring your questions and ideas around how, when and what you plant (or want to plant) so that everyone can learn from each other.  There will be an opportunity to tour both farms' hoop houses.

Field Day: Sprouts & Microgreens for Retail, Restaurants & CSAs

Sunday April 7, 2019

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Four Season Greens, 83 Deer Lake Rd

City/Town: Port Sydney - North

Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $10.00

Non-Member Prices:
Individual - 1 Individual(s) - $15.00

Interested in year-round salad greens, sprouts and microgreens? Join EFAO at Four Season Greens for a tour of their three main production areas (sprout room, microgreen operations, and greenhouse lettuce production). Learn about their different heating, cooling and lighting strategies and how they've worked on being as energy efficient as possible.  Plus, get a sense of their marketing streams, from running a sprout CSA to working with local restaurants and shops. Bring your questions!

Four Season Greens is a producer of sprouts and micro-greens in Muskoka, operating since December 2010. They supply many restaurants in Muskoka, specialty retail outlets, resorts and caterers with fresh produce year-round. Individuals also purchase products through a sprout CSA where Four Season Greens delivers weekly to 16 or more depots throughout Muskoka. They also do sprouting and nutrition workshops, and sell sprouting kits, seeds, supplies and resources through an on-line store.

Note on Directions: When using GPS, make sure to choose the Deer Lake Rd. near the bridge in Port Sydney.  #83 is about 8 houses down from the bridge, just off of County Rd 10 (which runs over the bridge).  There are at least three Deer Lake Roads in Muskoka!